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Sample: Urine (+Saliva for DUTCH PLUS)
Available: Australia wide
Processing: Approx. 14-21 days
Consultation: Online or phone
Dutch Testing Can Help Find the Root Cause and Target Treatment of
I will provide you a personalised written report explaining what the results mean for you, what may be causing any hormonal imbalances, and what you can do to improve them. You can also include a one hour one-on-one online consultation to talk you through the results.
Fill out the form so the test kit can be shipped to your home
You will receive an email from Fairfield Nutrition with details of what to do next
This will include a health questionnaire to complete which will help personalise your treatment plan and consultation and mean that advice is tailored to your situation
Your test kit will arrive within 2-5 days depending on location
Once you have done the test, you return the sample(s) in a provided post paid evnvelope
You will receive your results by email
If you have opted to include a one-on-one consultation, you can then book an online consult with Fairfield Nutrition using the link provided
In a consult, I’ll explain your results clearly with advice on diet, lifestyle and supplements.
Your personalised health report will be emailed to you within 36 hours of a consultation or receiving the results
Hi, I’m Stephen Ward (MSc) from Fairfield Nutrition.
DUTCH testing provides valuable insights into sleep issues, adrenal fatigue / HPA axis dysregulation, hormonal issues, nutrient status, detoxification, methylation, and ways to optimise your health that are unique to you.
All DUTCH testing through Fairfield Nutrition includes a one-hour consultation with myself. I can help you understand how the results relate to your health and what they mean for you. I will also give you advice on how to improve or optimise your health based on the results.
The DUTCH tests are far more advanced than a standard test through your GP. It includes 35 different hormones and their metabolites. Their metabolites show the ability of your body to metabolise (detoxify) these hormones, and also methylation.
DUTCH testing shows you your daily cortisol patterns throughout the day. Cortisol should rise upon waking and then decrease throughout the day. This can become disrupted in some people. Importantly, DUTCH testing also gives you free and totalcortisol which saliva testing does not. The latest version of the DUTCH test also includes markers for oxidative stress, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, melatonin, glutathione, and dopamine.
The test can be done in the privacy of your own home and involves a special litmus paper to collect your urine samples. They are then dried overnight and returned to the lab for processing. I’ll also send you a short questionnaire to gather information on your health and goals, that helps me tailor my interpretation of the results and advice.
Once we have the results, I will send you out my report which includes
Summary of key findings from the results
Information around the likely causes of your hormonal imbalances
Advice detailing what you can do next
You can always speak to me in a one-hour consultation if you would like to be talked through your results and work on a plan for the way forward together.
Is this the right test for you?
This test may not be your best choice for you (working with me on a health plan could be) if – You have a chronic or complex health issue or unexplained health complaint – You also have auto-immunity, gut issues (IBS, IBD, food intolerances), or other non-hormonal issues – You are looking for on-going support, rather than a single consultation
Prices include a 1 hour consultation with myself to go over your results and offer nutrition and lifestyle advice
For women, when do I complete my DUTCH Plus / DUTCH Complete test?
Timing the menstrual cycle for proper collection can be challenging for those women who do not follow a typical 28-day month. Some women have short cycles, others have long cycles, a few vacillate between short and long months and finally there are those who still “cycle” from their ovaries but do not actually bleed. Here is a quick guideline to help determine the best days to do the DUTCH test.
Typical 28-day cycle: Ideally the DUTCH complete or sex hormone test is done on days 19, 20, 21, or 22 (or 5-7 days after ovulation is the goal) if the first day of bleeding is considered day 1.
Short Cycle: Adjust the collection by the number of days a woman is short of 28 days. For example, if she has 25 day cycles, collect on days 16, 17, 18, or 19.
Long cycle: Adjust the collection by the number of days a woman is beyond the 28 days. For example, if she has a 40-day cycle, she would collect on days 31, 32, 33, or 34.
Irregular cycle: If she does not bleed regularly or skips months (such as in peri-menopause), first try testing for ovulation. This is done using ovulation predictor kits (OPK) bought at any pharmacy or grocery store. Urinate on one every morning until positive. Once there is a positive OPK it means she is likely to ovulate very soon. Stop collecting the OPK, wait 5-7 days and collect the DUTCH complete or sex hormone test.
If no ovulation/positive OPK occurs the first month and she does not get her period, try again the 2nd month.
If no ovulation or period occurs after 60 days, consider just testing the DUTCH complete or sex hormone test on any day but be aware that the estrogen and progesterone levels will likely be low (or in the menopausal range depending on her age).
If she suddenly has her period, do not do the OPK kits. Count forward from day 1 of her bleeding and collect on days 19, 20 or 21.
If she collected the DUTCH test and started her period the next day or two afterwards unexpectedly, throw out the test (or call the lab to let us know to disregard it if it was mailed) and start over with a new test collecting on day 19, 20 or 21.
Also consider doing the DUTCH cycle mapping by collecting strips throughout the entire month.
No Menstrual Cycle: Some women may not bleed every month due to the Mirena IUD, partial hysterectomy or an ablation yet they still have their ovaries and produce hormones in a regular fashion. In addition, those women in peri-menopause might be so close to true menopause that they skip several periods at a time (ie. only bleeding every few months at random). If this occurs, try following the “irregular cycle” suggestions above with the OPK test or consider doing the DUTCH cycle mapping throughout the month.
Peri menopausal women who have skipped 3 or more months can decide with their health care provider if the OPK is necessary as they are likely near true menopause and are not ovulating. Therefore, the DUTCH complete or sex hormone test can be collected on any day.
Menopausal Woman: Women who have not had their menstrual cycle in 12 consecutive months are considered menopausal. They do not ovulate and are not bleeding every month. As a result, they are able to collect their DUTCH complete or sex hormone test on any day of the month per their health care provider. The DUTCH cycle mapping is not advised in menopausal women.
Men: Men can collect the DUTCH test on any day of the month per their health care provider.
For women, should I do a DUTCH test when I’m taking the birth control pill?
The birth control pill (ring and implants) stops the FSH and LH surge from the pituitary to prevent an estrogen rise and ovulation (thus progesterone production) from the ovary. If you hormone test when on the pill, estrogen and progesterone should be quite low. That means the pill is doing its job and she is not likely to become pregnant.
The short answer is…you can test the Dutch Adrenal while on the birth control pill however testing the sex-hormones has diminished value. Please contact me if you would like to order the DUTCH adrenal only test.
The DUTCH test may not necessarily be the right test for you – I suggest talking to me to discuss your options..